How to Troubleshoot RV Gas Detectors

How to Troubleshoot RV Gas Detectors
An RV gas detector is just as important as an RV fire detector and must be installed in an RV before use. Once the gas detector is installed, you must troubleshoot it regularly to make sure it is in complete working order. The process is relatively easy and when done properly can save your life. You can purchase an RV gas detector at camping stores, sporting goods stores or online.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Battery
Step 1
Open the windows and doors to vent the RV cabin and coach. Allow any trapped fumes to exit the RV and reset the gas detector. New RV fumes can cause a gas detector to go off, so periodically release trapped fumes inside the RV to troubleshoot this problem.
Step 2
Change the battery if you hear a "low power" beep, which is similar to a chirping sound. Look inside the battery compartment for the correct placement of the new battery.
Step 3
Turn the detector on and off for 60 seconds if you have trouble setting the detector to the gas alert mode. Turn the detector back on and allow it to warm up. It should be fully functional after this.
Step 4
Mount the gas detector to the floor of your RV if you suspect it is not fully functional. Gas is heavier than air, so mounting a gas detector on the floor will ensure that the gas detector is "false alarm" proof. A low angle will also ensure that the gas detector is able to detect gas as the lowest level first.

Tips & Warnings

Take caution when using hair spray that contains butane--a gas that is detectable by gas detectors. Only use hair spray outdoors if possible.
Failure to regularly troubleshoot your gas detector could result in death or serious injury from exposure to gas fumes.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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